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October 20, 2009  9:19 PM

Sun to cut 3K jobs

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, layoffs, Oracle, Sun

Guess Larry Ellison wasn't kidding  about Sun Microsystems bleeding red ink while European regulators weigh Oracle's buyout plan. In an SEC filing, Sun said it will cut 3,000 jobs worldwide over the next year. That's about 10% of its urrent headcount. More on the

October 11, 2009  8:05 PM

Sun partners burnt at Oracle OpenWorld

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Sun, Sun Microsystems, Sun partners

Oracle OpenWorld 2009 did  not open well for Sun partners who are already reaching for anti-anxiety meds as the Sun Microsystems acquisition finalizes.

October 11, 2009  3:46 PM

Top five questions for Oracle OpenWorld 2009

Posted by: badarrow
AIA, Barbara Darrow, Exadata, Fusion, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Scot McNealy, Sun, Sun Microsystems

This'll be easy. As Oracle keeps trying to close its Sun Microsystems acquisition, the top Oracle OpenWorld queries are locked up this year. But partners and solution providers still have other nagging issues they want addressed at the show. So, here goes: 1: What will Oracle do with...

October 8, 2009  8:28 PM

The Oracle conspiracy

Posted by: badarrow
appliances, Barbara Darrow, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Linux, Oracle, Sun, Sun Microsystems

For those who attribute Machiavellian motivations to everything Larry Ellison does, here’s a doozy of a theory. Continued »

September 30, 2009  8:39 PM

Oh wait! There’s more

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Exadata, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Sun

Still more news from HP just as folks were trying to digest the juicy tidbit that it's about to meld its printer and PC businesses into one.  This news is official, however. HP  brought in a

April 6, 2009  1:14 AM

Conglomeration conga

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, M&A, Oracle, Sun, Virtual Iron


Whether Sun and IBM ever actually do tie the knot, the M&A craziness will continue....

March 25, 2009  8:33 PM

McNealy on IBM rumors

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Open-source, Scott McNealy, Sun

What is Scott McNealy's take on the much-reported IBM/Sun combo under discussion? According to Alex Barrett, pretty much what you'd expect.  As in:

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March 24, 2009  1:38 AM

Possible Sun deal opens can o’ worms for IBM

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, mainframe, Microsoft, Orac, Platform Solutions, Sun, T3 Technologies

Here's a reminder that Microsoft isn't the only tech vendor known for its hardball tactics. When it comes to monopolistic practices in the computer business, many say IBM wrote the book.

March 19, 2009  7:45 PM

Sun-IBM as Tupac-Notorious BIG

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, Sun

Storage Soup has the best take on the much-talked about IBM-Sun takeout story.  IBM as Biggie Smalls? Brilliant. As for VARs, most seem to divide along party lines. IBM VARs love it, Sun VARs, not so much. 

February 7, 2009  12:37 PM

MySQL diaspora

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, News, Sun

It's been 13 months since Sun Microsystems announced its  plan for a $1 billion buyout of MySQL and almost a year to the date since the deal closed. Now, the MySQL executive diaspora is on.

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